Musical & Other Artistic Opportunities

Staff members are encouraged to audition for positions in Blue Lake's Festival Band, Festival Orchestra, Staff Symphonic Band, Staff Choir, Staff Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz Ensembles.  These groups rehearse and perform regularly scheduled concerts in Blue Lake's Summer Arts Festival.  With a recorded audition, staff members may be eligible participate in faculty-coached ensembles, such as string quartets, brass quintets, woodwind quintets, euphonium-tuba ensemble, and other chamber groups.  Those who qualify may also teach sectionals and technique classes with Blue Lake's junior campers.  Blue Lake also offers a solo competition to staff during the summer.

Those with backgrounds in art, drama, and dance have opportunities to assist faculty and students in those areas, as well as explore their own artistic growth through individual studio time and/or participation in staff groups (such as theater improv, etc).  Those who qualify may also teach minor classes in art, drama, jazz studies, history of music, nature studies, or beginning instruments with Blue Lake's junior or central camp students.

Staff Performance & Teaching Positions Available

Festival Band or Orchestra - comprised of professional musicians, music educators, and select staff, these ensembles perform regularly throughout the Summer Arts Festival and rehearse on a daily basis during performance weeks.

Staff Symphonic Band - comprised of graduate and undergraduate music majors, minors, and other staff members who qualify, this ensemble performs four times during the summer season and rehearses five times per two-week session.

Faculty Jazz Ensemble - comprised primarily of professional jazz musicians and educators, this ensemble performs several times throughout Blue Lake's Jazz Festival. Staff positions are based on instrumentation needs and are extremely limited.

Staff Jazz Ensemble - comprised of graduate and undergraduate music majors, minors, and other staff who qualify, this ensemble will rehearse regularly throughout the summer and will perform as a part of Blue Lake's jazz festival, as well as other performances.

Staff Choir - comprised of music majors, minors, and other staff with interest, this ensemble will rehearse regularly throughout the summer and will perform regularly in chapel services and staff recitals.

Staff Chamber Ensembles (vocal ensemble, brass quintet, string quartet, woodwind quintet, etc.) - comprised of staff members who qualify, these groups receive regular coaching from faculty.  They rehearse regularly throughout the summer and may audition to perform in the Staff Recital and/or Showcase.  Select ensembles may also be requested to perform for junior campers, throughout Blue Lake's Summer Arts Festival, and during chapel services.

Staff Solo Competition - Instrumentalists and vocalists are given the opportunity to audition for Blue Lake's staff solo competition during the beginning of the summer.  The selected winner will solo during a staff recital for the camp community, and will receive a professional recording session at Blue Lake Public Radio.

Sectional and Technique Teacher at Junior Camp (Camp Bernstein) -  Teach daily sectional/technique classes to Junior Camp students, working with conducting staff to emphasize basic techniques, repertoire, and motivation.  Candidates for these limited positions are typically instrumental music education majors in their later, more advanced years of study.  Teaching or student teaching experience, and/or music degree preferred. 

Camp Bernstein Cabin Counselors are involved with students' instruction as well as recreation and basic camp supervision in order to advocate a close relationship of student to teacher. Counselors and conductors both help to promote a friendly and fun atmosphere for learning about music and the other fine arts.

Recorded Audition Preparation

A recorded audition is required for Blue Lake staff candidates who wish to audition to perform in ensembles or teach at the Junior Camp.  It is in your interest as an applicant to submit a video audition at the time you submit your completed staff application.  If it is necessary to submit a recording separately, we strongly recommend that it arrive as soon as possible. While we can speak in general terms about employment and performance/teaching opportunities without your audition, applicants cannot be considered for specific positions until materials are complete, including the audition and three recommendations.  For details on audition requirements and audition recordings submissions, visit